The choices we make can haunt us.
I have gone over the edge often, being one of those roll-your-eyes overachievers. I wrote in my memoir how my husband felt compelled to send me away for a weekend of rest because I had pushed myself too hard to use all my talents. My body rebelled. I’d pushed it too far. Jesus’ parable is not telling us to go overboard like that. He is telling us to do something with the mission we’ve been given, with the gifts we naturally hold within us. The talents He gave us.
Doing nothing is so easy.
The one thing I won’t be accused of is peeking at my God-given gifts, re-wrapping them, and handing them back untouched.
We all make many choices in our life’s journey—some good, some not-so-good—and this parable that Jesus shares assures us God rewards even our smallest efforts. The only thing that seems to be offensive to God is when we choose to do nothing.
The only thing that seems to be offensive to God is when we choose to do nothing with our gifts, with our talents.
The choice and risk of doing nothing is a slippery slope. Doing nothing is so easy. Doing nothing is sometimes the correct action when faced with taunts, mean acts, name-calling. (Though it looks like I do nothing, I always pray for those trying to hurt me.) Dong nothing is not an action, however, that will ever please God when He’s given us a task to do His will for Him here on earth, so help others know his love and mercy.
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